Staging area For Shuttle Search Crews in Longview

With more than 30 different agencies from 34 states involved in the recovery operation from shuttle Columbia, Longview is being set up as a center for weary work crews.

The Longview fairgrounds is being transformed into a rest and relaxation area, so that workers can get a hot meal a shower and some well earned sleep before going home, or going back to the search. Gregg County Regional Airport will the the common arrival point, as crews will check in at the staging area to be dispersed to the base camps.

And the rest area will help them focus on what they are there to do. It's a needed diversion for the men and women putting in long days in the search effort. The first crews are expected to arrive at the staging area over the next few days.